The PMC Kids Rides program, presented by the Yawkey Foundation will be Reimagining "Kids Helping Kids" with the PMC Kids Ride for Pedal Partners!
Join the PMC Kids Rides community on Sunday, September 19, 2021 as we ride for PMC Pedal Partners! The PMC Pedal Partner program, presented by MFS, connects children who are being treated at the Jimmy Fund Clinic with PMC teams, riders and PMC Kids Rides.
While we can’t be together physically this year, your family can get involved in the PMC Kids Rides mission by signing up as Reimagined riders. Kids can ride wherever on September 19th and know that 100% of the money they raise goes directly to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Please make sure to follow all public health regulations and guidelines for your area, while practicing safe social distancing. See the “Safety” section below for more tips.
If you would like to help plan the 2022 Westwood PMC Kids Ride, please contact Nancy James.
Families are encouraged to ride or walk to the event as parking will be limited. There will be no parking at the Martha Jones School!
Parents will need to create an account or log in with an existing account in order to register their child or family. When creating an account, please enter the parent's information first as there will be a separate part in registration to enter the child's information.
Once registration is complete, parents will receive an email with information on how to log into their management page to customize donation pages and to track donations.
Reimagined rides are not in-person and riders can ride in their own neighborhood on the day of the ride or whenever they'd like! Reimagined riders will receive a PMC Kids Rides water bottle, personalized bike tag, sign and other goodies.
Riders will need to register by September 7 in order to receive their rider kit in the mail prior to September 19. Riders who register after that date will still receive a goodie bag but we cannot guarantee it will arrive by September 19th.
The fundraising minimum for each rider is $40 and is due by October 31, 2021.
Riders who go above and beyond with their fundraising will be recognized as Heavy Hitters or Breakaway Fundraisers and will receive a special gift in recognition of their fundraising efforts in the late Fall.
Click on the buttons below to download fun tools to make your 2020 PMC Kids Rides experience special!
Customize your very own PMC Kids Rides bike tag! Register as a virtual rider and then download the PMC Kids Rides bike tag! Make sure to write your name on the tag and color it in to make it your own! Parents, please cut out the bike tag for your kids and help them fasten it on their bike. We recommend using string or zip-ties to fasten!
Share why you PMC! Everyone participates in a PMC Kids Ride for their own personal reasons - this is your opportunity to share why you PMC. Download the poster and share in a few words "why you PMC". Take a photo with your sign and share on social media or in emails to your donors and supporters.
Donate online or by check. Checks can be made payable to the Pan-Mass Challenge or PMC. Please send all checks to:
PMC Kids Rides
77 4th Ave
Needham, MA 02494
Make sure that the rider's name is listed so they can receive credit!
The PMC Kids Rides program follows all public health regulations and guidelines for your area.
General Safety Tips!
Get the entire family involved and support the event by volunteering! Be a ride marshal, work at a water stop, help hand out food and more. Volunteers will need to create an account and then will be able to select the position(s) that they would like.
We are thrilled this year to dedicate the 12th Annual Westwood PMC Kids Ride to Westwood 4-year-old Daniel Kelleher! The event will honor Daniel’s 2 year battle with cancer and celebrate the end of his treatment which he wrapped up in February.
"Daniel had just turned two when he was diagnosed," says mom Lori Kelleher who was 9 months pregnant with her second child at the time. "We had brought him to the doctor because he had started limping a few days prior and after some blood work they sent us right to Children's where we camped out for the next month so Daniel could receive treatment." Daniel was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL) which is a type of blood cancer that can progress rapidly if not treated immediately. "Three days into our stay," continues Lori, "I walked over to deliver my daughter at Brigham and Women’s and brought her back over. The staff and nurses at Dana-Farber did such an amazing job accommodating the four of us so we could all be together."
"The crazy thing about all this is he wasn't ever a sick kid. He was always smiling and running around, he was just a happy, easy little boy, and this diagnosis came out of nowhere. It could truly happen to any family." Daniel continued to receive chemo on a weekly basis (in addition to 9 different drugs he had to take daily) for the next two years.
"Not nearly enough money goes to pediatric cancer research," Lori says. "Every little bit helps, whether it's funding or awareness, anything we can do to make people understand how devastating a cancer diagnosis is for a child and their family. Starting to teach kids at an early age to give back is so, so important. Funds from events like the Westwood PMC Kids ride go directly to Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund to help families like mine. It pays for the research behind treatments Daniel had to undergo, the monthly labs and check-ins that he will continue to have, as well as the activities he participated in and the toys he played with while going through chemo.”
“We aren’t out of the woods yet,” says Lori, “side-effects of treatment could rear their ugly head at any time. But we hope the worst of it is behind us. Our goal is to get Daniel’s story out there so other families going through what we did can see that there is a light at the end of all the treatment.”
The Westwood PMC Kids Rides relies on local sponsors to help keep costs low and so that the PMC can continue to donate 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar directly to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. If you or your company are interested in becoming a sponsor or to donate items (pizza, ice cream, snacks, sporting tickets, gift cards, baskets, etc) please click on the button below.